Category: Voice problem

Michael Douglas’ throat cancer

• June 16, 2013 • Comments (0)

There’s been a huge media storm over actor Michael Douglas’ statement that the type of throat cancer he had is often caused by HPV, the same virus that causes genital warts and other cancers, such as cervical cancer.  The virus also causes the warts on the vocal cords that can  be effectively treated by the [...]

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Voices for the voiceless

• June 16, 2013 • Comments (0)

The Globe and Mail profiled technology and other approaches that help people with neuromuscular disorders (like cerebral palsy) or traumatic brain injuries to speak.  It’s called augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and includes electronic devices with word-prediction properties and assistants who interpret gestures, blinks and verbalizing.  Several key points were made at a recent 90 [...]

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Description of laryngeal papillomas

• May 13, 2013 • Comments (0)

Here’s possibly the best description of laryngeal papillomas (warts on the voicebox), which are caused by the HPV virus (the same one which causes cervical cancer in women) and affect roughly 4 children and 2 adults out of every 100,000 people in the US.  The virus recurs, even after treatment, and can cause voice problems or [...]

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CEOs with lower pitched voices make $187,000 more per year

• May 4, 2013 • Comments (0)

Your voice matters.   CEOs with lower pitched voices make more and manage bigger companies.   Voters also prefer political candidates with lower pitched voices.  Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, even got voice therapy to lower the pitch of her voice.

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St. Mike’s gets new KTP laser!

• May 1, 2013 • Comments (2)

Just saw Dr. Anderson yesterday, and she told me that 2 generous donors just bought St. Mike’s a $50,000 KTP laser.  This will be the second KTP laser in Canada (the other one is in Halifax).   A great tool for the busiest voice clinic in Canada! This equipment allows docs to perform laser surgery in [...]

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Research: Sound of voice influences perception

• April 28, 2013 • Comments (1)

The sound of a speaker’s voice matters twice as much as the content of the message, according to a study by Quantified Impressions, an Austin, TX, communications analytics company.  People with strained or breathy voices are labelled as negative, passive, or weak.  Those with normal voices are seen as successful, sociable, and smart. My experience [...]

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Teachers have higher risk of voice disorders

• April 26, 2013 • Comments (0)

Teachers have a much higher risk of voice problems than the general population, several studies show.  Noisy classrooms and lack of vocal rest are an occupational hazard.  Physical education and vocal music teachers are particularly at risk.  Of the treatments, vocal function exercises (a series of humming and phonating exercises) and portable amplification appear to [...]

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“New world” for voice disorders treatments

• April 25, 2013 • Comments (0)

In these 3 videos, Dr. Martin Birchall of the UK talks about technological advances in treatments for vocal cord nodules, laryngeal cancer, and the like, predicting that we may see a “whole new world” of voice treatments ten years down the line.  Amen.  It is great to see doctors focusing on quality of life, as well as [...]

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Voice box and tracheal transplants

• April 24, 2013 • Comments (0)

Dr. Martin Burchall at University College London seems to be one to watch in the field of voice.  He performed the world’s second documented laryngeal and tracheal transplant.  His work using stem cell based transplants shows early promise, although he says it is still “at the edge of science.”  (The thyroplasty which restored my voice [...]

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Voice box transplant – clinical trials

• April 22, 2013 • Comments (0)

Wow.  UK announces funding for first clinical trial for stem cell-based voice box transplant.  Patients who lose their voice box, or larynx, lose their ability to speak, and often have great difficulty breathing and swallowing.  The potential breakthrough, dubbed RegenVox, is being led by Dr. Martin Burchall, of University College London Hospitals.  In the procedure, [...]

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